A deadly scaffolding accident in New York has killed a construction worker at a Manhattan dormitory. The fatal construction accident in Morningside Heights happened on the morning of July 12th. Details surrounding the accident weren’t immediately made public but apparently one man was struck in the head and killed by a large piece of scaffolding which broke free from a structure overhead.
It’s also unclear how high up the scaffolding in question as but video from the scene shot by a news helicopter shows a large pipe-several feet long-laying on the ground next to the spot in which the victim collapsed.
The building undergoing considerable renovation is reportedly a dormitory for students from several schools in the area but it may have been vacant at the time of the fatal construction accident. The Department of Buildings immediately locked down the jobsite and launched an investigation into this deadly construction accident in New York.
Regardless of whether charges are brought against those responsible for this terrible tragedy in Manhattan, the victim’s surviving family members may have legal options available to them. In similar scaffolding accidents in New York, individuals have been able to successfully sue the responsible parties for financial damages
Most importantly, irrespective of the fault of other parties, the New York Labor can be invoked which would hold the property owner and general contractor absolutely liable for this falling debris construction accident whether either contributed to this accident or not. The injured worker’s family would be able to recover medical and funeral expenses and most importantly, the lost wages into the future which would have been contributed by the injured worker to the family.
If you’ve been injured at a jobsite or you’ve lost a loved one in a construction jobsite tragedy, contact an experienced New York City scaffolding accident attorney who knows how to recover the maximum compensation for your family. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now.